By Max Aitchison For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 03:53 GMT, 10 January 2021 | Updated: 03:53 GMT, 10 January 2021
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To the dismay of its citizens, France was lamentably slow over the New Year to roll out its Covid vaccination programme.
But the country continues to be bizarrely efficient at torching cars, which has become an annual tradition, with vandals burning 861 vehicles across France on December 31.
That figure is more than twice the number of people – 352 – inoculated between December 27 and 31. And it’s a startling statistic that hasn’t escaped the notice of President Emmanuel Macron’s critics.
Now the President is seeking to put some fire under the rollout in an attempt to catch up with other countries.
Much of the blame has been laid at the door of the EU, which was slow to pre-order vaccines.
But the French government has also faced criticism for the volume of red tape facing doctors.
For example, the first set of vaccines, which are restricted to elderly care-home residents,